Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)

Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)
Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)

Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)

How the greats have fallen... This is a failed attempt by Pioneer at capitalizing on previous success from the 1990s. It is most akin to a Monitor 10-II, not the original model... And the driver design has been completely stripped down. Instead of the 25.2 micron dome driver the M10-II saw, these are a smaller, thinner cone shaped driver with much less magnet and a basket so shallow that it has nearly zero excursion.

This was done to reduce the amplitude of the bass response instead of just... Damping the enclosure like anyone with a brain would do, and as a result the bass clips hard even at normal listening levels. Couple this with the nasty W-shaped response above the midband and you've got yourself one of the worst measured responses I have in my entire measurement database.

While these are objectively terrible, I did find them to sound pretty alright subjectively. The tone is acceptable and they don't sound nearly as bad as the measurements suggest -- but they're still a very far cry from their namesake. Thus, these are quite uncommon on the used market and I have priced them accordingly. The faux leather on the headband and earcups is decomposing, but the earpads are in shockingly fantastic shape -- Pioneer at the very least flexing their material science knowledge they gained in the 1970s for this unit.

I almost kept the pads for my Montior 10-II, as they are a perfect fit... But I would rather keep this unit complete.

The headband has a cracked adjustment slider on the right channel, but it doesn't really affect the fit in a meaningful way. Be gentle and it should hold up without issue. Funnily enough, the 10-II also had durability problems with this exact part...

This thing was cursed at the start. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\Vintage Electronics\Vintage Audio & Video\Vintage Headphones".

The seller is "takato142" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.


Pioneer MONITOR-10R Vintage Stereo Headphones (Extremely Rare)